The Genie is out of the lamp! With the launch of the new Disney Genie at Walt Disney World Resort on October 19, 2021, Disney Guests are beginning to learn the ins and outs of the new Theme Park system including the new feature in the app, as well as the functions for paying to skip the attraction lines. The Disney Genie is really a three-part program with the complimentary Disney Genie (built into the My Disney Experience App to optimize your Park day); the Disney Genie+ (much like former FastPass but now $15 per day), and Lightning Lane (eight a-la-carte attractions that don’t come with Genie+ that you can purchase to skip the line). While you’re in the My Disney Experience App, however, you’ll need to know that when you purchase the Disney Genie+ and/or Lightning Lane experiences, you’ll want to be aware that you will be taxed.
The Disney Genie+ allows Guests to skip the standby line at 40+ attractions throughout the Disney Parks. Much like the FastPass program, you can select an attraction arrival time from an available list and head to the former FastPass, now Lightning Lane entrance at your selected time. Disney has announced the cost is $15 per person, per day. As shown in the My Disney Experience screenshot below, be aware that you’ll really be paying almost $16 per person, per day.
The same tax news goes for Lightning Lane access. The eight individual Lightning Lane attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Frozen Ever After, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Avatar Flight of Passage, and Expedition Everest. Each of the attractions is an a-la-carte fee that will vary in cost depending on crowd size. On October 19, Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain Lightning Lane fee was $7. As shown in the screenshot below, with the tax you can expect to pay closer to $7.50 to Lightning Lane the attraction.
Purchasing Disney Genie+ and/or Lightning Lane for your family? While the tax may not hit a single rider too hard, purchasing Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane for a family for the length of your vacation really starts to add up. As you make your Disney Park plans and budget for the new Disney Genie, keep in mind, tax will be added!